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Dante Gabriel Rossetti
by Dante Gabriel Rossetti Click on the links below to find out more
pencil and white chalk on paper, 1847
8 1/8 in. x 6 5/8 in. (207 mm x 168 mm)
- Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882), Painter and poet. Sitter in 29 portraits, Artist associated with 22 portraits.
- Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882), Painter and poet. Artist associated with 22 portraits, Sitter in 29 portraits.
Rossetti was eighteen, and a student at the Royal Academy, when he drew this self-portrait. It captures the rebellious and highly romantic self-image which he projected at this time.
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